London Bridge City Christmas Markets
Until 3 January, open 10AM – 8PM daily (Closed Christmas)
Are you craving a traditional hot chocolate to sip, served by the banks of the Thames in German-style wooden chalets? Enjoy the stunning view, film screenings, live music and entertainment at London Bridge City Christmas Markets, with over 100 stalls that will satisfy even the Scrooges out there. Remember to put your mittens on tight, and grab your scarf and beanie in this wintery season for a festive night out.
Frieze Sculpture Park
Until 10 January 2016
Want to head outdoors this weekend, but not too keen on facing the rush at Winter Wonderland? Why not head over to the Frieze Sculpture Park at Regent’s Park? This year’s display has been extended further to continue into the new year, meaning there is plenty more time for you to enjoy the glorious parks of London – even in winter. Displaying 16 new and historical works by both contemporary and international artists, The English Gardens is the place to be this weekend for your dose of art and the great outdoors.
Available throughout the Festive Season
Forget the mistletoe and Christmas crackers this year. Instead, head over to Covent Garden and have yourself a Merry Little Fizzmas, and even a Christmas Kiss. Confused? Let us explain… Do you remember the mouthwatering Crème Egg Mojito? The Foundation in Covent Garden is mixing up a new concoction cleverly known as the Fizzmas Cracker. Or if you’d rather a Christmas Kiss (or two), head over to Scarlet’s or Mabel’s in Covent Garden for a special red kiss this Christmas.
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Until 26 June 2016
This Christmas, we are set to see a full moon passing by, but if you happen to miss it, then head over to the Royal Observatory Greenwich for a total solar eclipse. Seeing over a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the globe entering to win the title of Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2015, it is easy to see that there is such amazing talent from all around. Just remember to admire the galaxies from close and far.
Real Food Christmas Market
Until Wednesday 23 December, open daily from 12PM – 7PM
What festive season is complete without a luxurious and never-ending amount of food? Whether you want to buy mouthwatering food for the table, or a food hamper for a loved one, the Real Food Christmas Market has everything you could possibly need. This nine-day artisan market will be selling everything from British and continental cheeses, Christmas puddings, mince pies, and not to mention brownies and cakes; this is every foodie’s paradise!
The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter Films
Friday, 10AM – 9PM | Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
As everyone’s favourite writer, J.K. Rowling, once wrote: ‘Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.’ This weekend is your last chance to check out the graphic designs and limited edition art prints created by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima… they both spent 10 years working in the art department for the Harry Potter Films! Eeek! Trust us, you do not want to miss this chance; oh, and it’s free.
Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London, UK +44 207 636 7478
Glam Clam Xmas Pop Up
London’s glamorous pop-up – Glam Clam – is this year’s festive cabaret and dining experience not to be missed, taking you back to 1920s Atlantic City. Only open for a four-day festive treat, you will have the opportunity to indulge in seafood galore by the talented chef Gizzi Erskine. Enjoy your complimentary champagne and live performances all night long. But remember to book your tickets in advance to guarantee a glam-filled night.
Sunday, 2PM – 9PM
We have a little secret for you this wintery weekend… you can warm up at Soak, ‘London’s Secret Hot Tub Party’! Soak is London’s first public outdoor spa, with wood-fired hot tubs along the canal. Not to mention, you will receive tub-service, so you’ll never have to leave the warmth of the tub to get a drink. This is perfect for a night out to celebrate a special night or the festive season, just remember to bring your flip flops and bathers.
Sunday, 7PM – 10PM
Are you feeling merry and full of joy? For those lucky enough to get a ticket to this year’s Festive Gathering, you will be able to sing along to all your traditional and seasonal songs and carols for all to hear! Cecil Sharp House will unite folk dancers, singers and musicians – and even sword dance figures from Thrales Rapper – for a night to remember. If you missed out, mark your calendar for next year, as this is an evening sprinkled with spirit you do not want to miss.
Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry V
Until 30 December 2015
For every Shakespeare lover, you should marvel in the mischievous take on his war play, Henry V by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Although an adaptation of the original, this play turns out to have a humorous side that will have you wallowing in this performance, as the protagonist strives to gain the respect of his people. If you haven’t already, make sure you also see Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, for a complete Shakespearean experience.
Barbican Centre, Silk St, London, UK +44 207 638 4141